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- There’s speculation President Donald Trump will discuss infrastructure in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
- America’s infrastructure is desperately in need of investment, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. The ASCE estimates the US needs to spend some $4.5 trillion by 2025 to fix the country’s roads, bridges, dams, and other infrastructure.
- Trump reportedly "hates" major parts of the infrastructure plan he unveiled in 2018, which proposed $200 billion in federal funding designed to finance new projects and repairs while incentivizing private investment.
President Donald Trump is expected to discuss infrastructure in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, but how exactly he plans to do so is unclear.
The Washington Post reports that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told CNN on Tuesday that infrastructure could be an area of compromise for Democrats and Republicans, but according to The Wall Street Journal, Trump Administration officials pushed for the removal of a call for Congress to pass Trump’s infrastructure plan from an early draft of his State of the Union address.
Trump reportedly "hates" major parts of the infrastructure plan he unveiled in 2018, which proposed $200 billion in federal funding designed to finance new projects and repairs while incentivizing private investment.
No matter what Trump says about infrastructure during his State of the Union address, one thing is clear: America’s infrastructure is in dire need of repairs.
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which is published every four years, US infrastructure gets a D+ grade. It got the same grade in 2013.
The ASCE estimates the US needs to spend some $4.5 trillion by 2025 to improve the state of the country’s roads, bridges, dams, airports, schools, and more.
The report breaks down the state of infrastructure in 16 different categories. Here’s a look at each category’s final grade, according to the organization.
Airports and air traffic control systems are in serious need of an update, the report found.
With some two million people per day coming through US airports, congestion is becoming a major problem. In fact, the report estimates that 24 out of the top 30 airports in the US could soon hit "Thanksgiving-peak traffic volume" one day a week.
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US bridges are aging.
Out of the 614,387 bridges in the US, more than 200,000 are more than 50 years old.
The report estimates it would cost some $123 billion just to fix the bridges in the US.
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According to the report, there were some 15,500 high-hazard dams in the US in 2016.
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Source: Business Insider